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Jack Carnell: Authentic America-Color Photographs 2006 to 2008

February 24 - April 22, 2012
Marshall Fine Arts Center
Atrium Gallery
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Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Opening - February 24
Opening - 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Artist Talk - March 14
Artist Talk - 4:30p.m.
Tea - 4:00p.m.

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Jack Carnell: Authentic America
Color Photographs 2006-2008, Color photographs of the rural and small-town South, produced by Jack Carnell between 2006 and 2008
Includes 24 large plates and several smaller reproductions. Essay By William Williams
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The artist's lecture, Jack Carnell: Color Photographs From My Travels in the South 2006-2008 is sponsored by the Distinguished Visitors Committee and the Department of Fine Arts. It coincides with a one-person exhibition of his color photographs, Jack Carnell: Authentic America, Color Photographs 2006-2008 on view in the Atrium Gallery from February 24-April 22, 2012. A 40-page catalog is planned to accompany the exhibition.

This series began during the summer of 2006 when Carnell drove from Philadelphia south through Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. He photographed both urban and rural locations stopping along the way to photograph the vernacular culture with particular attention to storefronts, monuments and roadside views. He has compared his selection of subject matter as akin to picking or selecting the beautiful, odd and eccentric particular to this region. He did not include any people in his photographs because he wanted the material culture of objects, signs, and buildings to describe the surrounding community and the local way of life. Carnell's photographs are a celebration of the everyday.

Jack Carnell
"Nash Parked in Back Yard, Georgia"
January 2007
Digital Pigment Print
16" x 24"

Carnell’s work is included in many permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Coca-Cola Corporation in Atlanta, the Musee d’art et d’histoire, Fribourg, Switzerland and Haverford College. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts photographer’s fellowships. His solo and group exhibitions include Jack Carnell: Road Trip, at Philadelphia International Airport, and Social Landscapes at Philadelphia’s Open Lens Gallery. Philadelphia Professors of Photography, at the ADM Gallery in Philadelphia, Work from the Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970 -1985, The Print Center, Work from the Collection by Philadelphia-Area Photographers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and One Moment in Time, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, are among the numerous exhibitions to include Carnell’s photographs.

His work has appeared on the cover of Aperture and The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, and in Interview Magazine, This Sporting Life, 1878-1991, published by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Artists Choose Artists, for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.